What is Windows? The History On Microsofts Popular Operating Systems.
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What is Windows? The History On Microsofts Popular Operating Systems.

Microsoft Windows is an Operating System made by Microsoft. Windows is used on the majority of computers today. Bill Gates initially invented Windows in November of 1985. There have been too many versions of Windows over the years, beginning with Windows 7 (released in 2009), Windows Vista (2006), and Windows XP (2001). While previous Windows versions mainly ran on desktop and laptop computers, Microsoft also intended Windows 8 to run on tablets. Because of this, they simplified the interface so that it will work with touchscreens.


Windows’ key benefits and characteristics


Enables a user to cooperate with the computer (by the keyboard, mouse, microphone, etc.).

Manages to store data such as images, files, and music; Which allows for controlling hardware assigned to a computer, like webcams, scanners, and printers.

It helps to open and close applications (word processors, games, photo editors, etc.) and gives them the role of the computer’s memory to permit them to work.

Controls what access to a computer several users have and the computer’s protection.

That allows for errors in user’s directions and issues simple error messages.

Increases multitasking by letting the user make several things on the computer at once – for example, view a video while composing a report.


Windows 10


Windows 10 an operating system built by Microsoft for personal computers, tablets, embedded devices, and the internet of things devices.


Microsoft had issued Windows 10 in July 2015 as a follow-up to Windows 8. Microsoft has said it will not stop updating Windows 10 in perpetuity rather than deliver a new, full-fledged operating system as a replacement.

Anyone choosing Windows 10 can directly upgrade legacy computers from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 without re-imaging or conducting impertinent and time-consuming system wipes and upgrade methods. Coming from an older version of Windows, IT or users run the Windows 10 OS installer, which gives any applications and software on the earlier OS and settings and preferences over to Windows 10. Businesses and users can separate and choose how they will reinforce and update Windows 10. IT or users can obtain a Windows 10 upgrade through the Windows Update Assistant to manually start a promotion or wait for Windows Update to offer an upgrade when it’s selected to run.


Windows 10 features built-in abilities that allow corporate IT departments to use mobile device management (MDM) software to ensure and control devices running the operating system. Participating organizations can use conventional desktop management software like Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.


Windows 10 Mobile is another version of the Microsoft operating system intended for manufactures that would like to use Windows in their smartphones.


Windows 10 key functionalities


The same Start Menu that looks similar to some older versions of Windows, then Microsoft replaced with Live Tiles to use in Windows 8, returned in Windows 10. Users can still use Live Tiles in conjunction with their touch-centric Metro functionality, seen from the Start Menu’s right-hand side. But, Microsoft Windows 10 Continuum enables users to switch between touchscreen and keyboard interfaces on devices that offer both to use. Continuum automatically detects the use of a keyboard and orients the interface to match.


Windows 10’s interspersed search feature empowers users to search all local locations, as well as the web concurrently.


Microsoft Edge debuted with Windows 10 and succeeds Internet Explorer as the default web browser. Edge covers Web Notes tools, which allows users to mark up websites, and Reading View enables users to view certain websites without ads’ clutter. The browser attaches directly to Cortana, which is Microsoft’s digital assistant, embedded within Windows 10.


Cortana combines immediately with the Bing search engine and encourages both text and voice input. It tracks and interprets location services, communication history, email and text messages, speech and input usage, services and applications, browsing and search history to customize the OS experience to best suit users’ needs. IT professionals can disable Cortana and some of its features with Group Policy settings.


Windows 8


One of Windows’s problems that always been in the back of our minds since they first announced this interface was whether this would keep slowing Windows down from many running processes. Or operating a full Windows desktop on a low-powered tablet had been a good idea. After all, we’ve seen Windows used on netbooks.


Windows 8’s lock screen is what you’d expect: it’s got a beautiful picture along with a few small widgets full of knowledge, like time, or how many emails you have, and many more. You could swipe up to unlock or press the spacebar if you’re on a desktop keyboard. You can then proceed to type your regular password or use Windows 8’s “picture passwords,” which let you swipe or draw an ideal gesture that only you know, using your lock screen photo as a reference, which yourself in (though this is better on tablets than it is on a PC). For example, in Microsoft’s initial demo, they used a photo of a person, and the password was to touch their nose and swipe left across their arm.


Once you log in, you begin with Windows 8’s Start screen, which replaced the old Start menu. The screen should be similar to Windows Phone users: There’s a set of tiles, each of them represents an application, and many of them show information and notifications that work with the app. For example, the email tile will let you know that you have many unread emails and who they are. The calendar tile will show upcoming events, and the music tile will show you what’s playing. You could also make tiles for games, contacts, and even other traditional Windows apps to bring up the Windows desktop. The tablet-optimized apps are all full screen, though you may rearrange their icons on the home screen easily, just like any other tablet platform. At any time, you can press Win+D or click on the Desktop tile to go to the familiar Windows desktop instead.


Windows 7


The Taskbar keeps its reused idea from Windows 7. The Taskbar isn’t as cluttered as Windows Vista’s, and it manages to show both running and nonrunning apps with equal aplomb.


Slicker, quicker Taskbar Previews: Show you all of an application’s open windows, all at once.


Jump Lists’ convenience: The context-sensitive Taskbar menus enable you to start accomplishing things in applications before you even open them.


Reasonable hardware requirements: In the past, new versions of Windows have used up twice the CPU power and RAM amount that their predecessors did. But Windows 7 runs better than Vista had on the same system; it’s even tolerable on a netbook.


The potential of touch: Windows 7’s functionality for multitouch input doesn’t change much of anything right away. But it does put forth the necessary groundwork for third-party developers to build their type of software. If they build cool touch apps, Windows 7 deserves more credit here on these features.


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